February 24, 2010

Gallagher Leads BU To Win; Keeps Huskies in Playoff Race

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MANSFIELD-Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team to an 87-54 win over Mansfield University on Wednesday night. The win keeps the Huskies in the hunt for a berth in next week's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoffs.

With the Mountaineers leading, 7-5, in the opening minutes of play, Bloomsburg was able to grab control of the game with a 15-0 run. Kayla Oxenrider (Tri-Valley/Ashland) hit two three-pointers in the rally, while Gallagher chipped in with five points for the Huskies. Bloomsburg continued to build on its lead and led by 20 points with a minute to play in the opening half after a layup from Gallagher.

In the second half the Huskies got red-hot from the floor and shot 67 percent from the field (20-30) in the final 20 minutes and defensively never led the Mounties get closer than 16 points, the final time coming with 18:57 to go in the game. The Huskies did push its lead to as many as 38 points (80-42) late in the game on a basket by Lauren Ellis (Bangor/Bangor) before settling for the 33-point margin of victory. Along with Gallagher's 24 points, Dana Wieller (Bethlehem/Liberty) scored 18 points, while Oxenrider finished with 12 and Lauren Biczelewski (West Chester/Bayard Rustin) chipped in with 11. Mansfield was led by Mallory Moore with 19 points.

With the win the Huskies improve to 15-10, 7-6 in the PSAC East, while Mansfield falls to 5-20, 2-11 in the PSAC East. Bloomsburg will close out its regular season on Saturday at Kutztown starting at 1 p.m.